What to expect after knee replacement surgery
Chronic knee pain can be debilitating. It can make simple activities such as going shopping and walking up and down stairs markedly uncomfortable, if not excruciating. If you are contemplating a procedure, here is what to expect after knee replacement surgery.
Mr Soong Chua is a highly regarded knee surgeon in Melbourne who has extensive experience helping patients manage knee injuries such as arthritis of the knee, patella instability, and meniscus tears. Mr Chua is a specialist with local and international training using the start-of-the art Mako robotic surgery arm. If you are experiencing ongoing knee pain, he will first consider non-surgical strategies such as physical therapy and over-the-counter pain relief. If these options are exhausted, he may explore whether you are a suitable candidate for total knee replacement surgery.
The overwhelming feeling that many people experience after undergoing knee replacement surgery is relief. This is especially true for elderly people, who are the most common demographic to undergo the procedure. Freedom from severe pain and irritation can be life changing at any age.
Today’s highly advanced surgical technology available means that recovery time is swifter and more manageable than ever before. Don’t let fear of the unknown stop you from living the highest quality of life possible.
What to expect after knee replacement surgery?
Immediately afterward knee replacement surgery
After Mr Chua completes the surgery, you will be transferred to a recovery area of your chosen hospital. Procedures such as knee replacement require anaesthetic and a significant level of medical attention; the absolute majority of patients stay overnight after their operation to ensure they receive maximum care. You will rest and recover in the hospital. Mr Chua may prescribe medication to manage serious pain, and you’ll gently move the knee joint to ensure it does not stiffen.
Weeks after knee replacement surgery
Some pain can be expected as the body heals. For three to six weeks after surgery, you’ll take it easy, completing physical therapy and ensuring that you care for your knee by not undertaking any strenuous physical activity. You’ll see Mr Chua for another consultation, where he can refer you to a physiotherapist. Doing the regular exercises recommended by your physiotherapist is crucial for eventually attaining the maximum knee range of motion. Trust us, don’t skip them! Your recovery time will be minimised if you follow all medical advice closely during this rehabilitation period.
Long term recovery
After your rehabilitation period, you’ll be able to return to most daily activities. While it’s wise to steer clear of vigorous, high-impact activities such as running and jumping, you should be able to swim, play golf, and walk around with an increased range of motion. Your doctor will be able to advise you on your specific abilities post-operation. On average, knee replacements work well and last 15 years or more. Relative to the surgery recovery time, this is huge. The freedom and mobility a knee replacement surgery can provide cannot be underestimated.
Are you a candidate for knee replacement surgery?
Don’t hesitate to get in touch with Mr Soong Chua’s team today to discuss your options.